CIA Focuses on bin Laden Successors as Much as Terror Leader's Capture

Published May 27, 2008

| Associated Press

CIA Director Michael Hayden says there is "a big and continual push" to capture or kill Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, but his demise won't end the organization's menace.

The CIA is just as interested in those jockeying to replace bin Laden in what Hayden predicted will be a "succession crisis."

His comments came in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press.

A number of Egyptians are part of Al Qaeda's top echelon and may struggle for power among themselves.

Hayden says that despite Al Qaeda's resilience, taking out bin Laden would be a psychological blow to the group behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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